New research shows that downside sellers have made $15 billion this year by betting that Tesla stock will fall as about $800 billion has depreciated.
S3 said interest in bets against Tesla began to fall in April as the shares started to decline, reducing potential returns, but rose again in September as Elon Musk's furious Twitter acquisition entered its final stages.
About 3% of Tesla's shares are traded uncovered, making it the second-largest in the US after Apple.
Tesla's value has fallen by more than $800 billion this year. The company was worth $1.24 trillion at its peak in November 2021, but shares closed at $123 on Friday, bringing its value to $385 billion. The shares started the year at almost $400, a decline of around 70%.
Musk's stake in Tesla means his fortune has fallen by $132 billion this year, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and he is no longer the richest man in the world after being overtaken by Bernard Arnault.
Tesla is not immune to a wider market sell-off amid high inflation and rising interest rates, which have caused the S&P 500 to fall by almost a fifth this year.
But Musk has consistently refused to draw a link between his work on Twitter and Tesla's plummeting fortunes, although several high-profile investors have pleaded with him to look again at the carmaker.
Instead, he has tried to blame the Federal Reserve's regime of rising interest rates, which he claims makes all stocks, not just Tesla, less attractive to own.
The Twitter CEO sold $3.6 billion worth of Tesla shares.this year to fund operations at Twitter, while he seeks to shape the social networking site according to his vision.
Musk said on Thursday that he would not sell any more Tesla shares for at least 18 months.
Previously, Bloomberg reported that losses for US businessman, Tesla, SpaceX and Twitter chief Elon Musk reached $122.6 billion in 2022, more than Musk earned in 2021.